WISCONSIN DNR reports first DEER with CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE in Waukesha County ~ HANTAVIRUS antibodies found in blood of some workers at YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK ~ RABIES reports from CO, CT, FLx3, GAx2, NE, NJx2, NYx3, NCx2, VA, & WI.

Whitetail deer. Photo by state of Indiana.

Whitetail deer. Photo by state of Indiana.

Wisconsin 02/06/12 dnr.wi.gov: Department of Natural Resources officials confirm a deer has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in Waukesha County for the first time. “Being the first CWD positive in Waukesha County is noteworthy but not completely unexpected,” said DNR area wildlife supervisor Tim Lizotte. “Given the proximity to a CWD-positive deer 16 miles away in Jefferson County, we knew it was a possibility.” A portion of Waukesha County is in the existing CWD Management Zone, where DNR has been performing disease surveillance to better determine its presence and prevalence. This deer was reported sick-looking to the DNR by a landowner in the Town of Delafield. – For complete news release see http://dnr.wi.gov/news/BreakingNews_Lookup.asp?id=2649

blood_sampleCalifornia 01/31/13 mariposagazette.com: by Erik Skindrud – A small number of Yosemite National Park workers can now boast that they survived an extremely close encounter with hantavirus. Several Park workers who gave blood in October have come up positive for antibodies to the Sin Nombre strain that causes the deadly illness, California Department of Public Health spokesman Matt Conens has told the MARIPOSA GAZETTE.  Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, CA-UCSF_logo_ucsfor HPS, killed three Yosemite visitors and sickened six more last summer. No Park workers were among the total. Conens did not give the precise number of workers who tested positive, but said it was “fewer than one percent” of 569 employees who answered questions and donated blood as part of the study.

Dr. Charles Chiu

Dr. Charles Chiu

Most who took part in the voluntary testing work for the National Park Service. An unknown percentage work for Park concessionaire Delaware North Companies. “This is a pretty major finding,” Dr. Charles Chiu of UC San Francisco’s Department of Medicine and a leading virus researcher, said when told of the result. “One percent is still fairly rare, but it could be possible that there’s a higher rate of these subclinical infections than we thought,” Chiu said. – For complete article see http://www.mariposagazette.com/news/2013-01-31/Front_Page/Hantavirus_antibodies_show_up_in_Yosemite_workers.html


IMG4336e-L-001Colorado 02/06/13 Logan County: A wounded stray cat that was rescued by a family in the vicinity of Iliff has tested positive for rabies. The cat bit and scratched at least three people, including a child, who are now being treated for exposure to the virus. Officials said the cat had contracted the skunk strain of rabies. – See http://www.journal-advocate.com/sterling-local_news/ci_22530855/rabid-cat-found-logan-county-3-people-exposed?source=most_viewed

imagesCAQVTCKPConnecticut 02/01/13 Litchfield County: A raccoon that recently attacked a dog in Torrington has been reported to have had rabies. – See http://www.registercitizen.com/articles/2013/02/01/news/doc510af92d6a03d986149007.txt

batFlorida 02/07/13 Polk County: A bat found at 355 1st Avenue North in Lake Wales has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.clickorlando.com/news/Rabies-reported-in-Polk-County/-/1637132/18017390/-/cibhhvz/-/index.html

Florida 02/07/13 Palm Beach County: A raccoon that fought with a dog behind a private residence in Jupiter on Monday  has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/first-county-animal-rabies-case-discovered-after-d/nWJFk/

0714Raccoon_Procyon_lotor_4Florida 02/01/13 Nassau County: A raccoon that fought with a dog in the eastern part of the county last month has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.actionnewsjax.com/content/topstories/story/Rabies-alert-in-Nassau-County/9q2JmD0F70Ggayokv5zGYg.cspx

Georgia 02/07/13 Chatham County: Two raccoons trapped in different areas of the county has tested positive for rabies. The first was caught on Skidaway Island, and the second in Vernonburg. Three family pets were exposed to the virus. – See http://savannahnow.com/latest-news/2013-02-07/two-raccoons-rabies-found-chatham-county#.URXGHWeFn9G

Vaccinate%20Your%20Pets%20WEBGeorgia 02/07/13 Liberty County: A Riceboro couple is receiving post-exposure rabies treatment after both were bitten by the family dog which tested positive for the virus. – See http://savannahnow.com/latest-news/2013-02-07/liberty-county-dog-has-rabies-couple-being-treated-bites#.URXDHGeFn9F

batPosterNebraska 02/06/13 Sarpy County: A bat that was found by two students in Bellevue East High School has tested positive for rabies. Both students handled the bat before taking it to a teacher and their parents have been advised to seek immediate medical attention. – See http://journalstar.com/news/state-and-regional/nebraska/students-handle-rabid-bat-treatment-urged/article_e60ca989-9ed3-5bbc-996c-4e8d68cce753.html

3821fefe9b4884850185047e22654718New Jersey 02/05/13 Cumberland County: A skunk that was in contact with a dog in Port Norris has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.nj.com/cumberland/index.ssf/2013/02/first_positive_rabies_case_rep.html

New Jersey 02/05/13 Cape May County: Three raccoons and a skunk have tested positive for rabies so far this year in the townships of Upper, Dennis (2), and Middle. – See http://www.shorenewstoday.com/snt/news/index.php/cape-may-county/34566-county-warns-of-rabies-risk.html

New York 02/08/13 Columbia County: A raccoon found on Tuesday Raccoon-SiedePreis-smalong the Route 20/22 corridor in New Lebanon has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.registerstar.com/news/article_3aa6994e-717d-11e2-8bdf-001a4bcf887a.html

New York 02/07/13 Lewis County: A raccoon found in the town of West Turin has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20130207/NEWS04/702069732

New York 02/01/13 Otsego County: A raccoon found in a barn in Middlefield on January 30th has tested positive for rabies. The animal had contact with a cow housed in the barn, but the cow had been vaccinated. – See http://www.wktv.com/news/local/Raccoon-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-Otsego-County-189430111.html

North Carolina 02/05/13 Durham County: Two dead raccoons found in the city of Durham. The first, found on Jan. 29th in front of a home on the 2300 block of Strawberry Lane, has tested positive for rabies. It was determined that the resident’s dog probably killed the animal. The second, found on Feb. 2nd in the yard of a home on the 2300 block of Alabama Avenue, has also tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/02/05/2657681/durham-county-gets-first-two-rabies.html

Looking-for-Kittens-001North Carolina 01/31/13 Gaston County: A young cat brought to a veterinarian by a woman living at Howe Court in Belmont because it was displaying neurological symptoms has tested positive for rabies. – http://www.wbtv.com/story/20918601/officials-1st-rabies-case-of-2013-in-gaston-co

batwarningVirginia 02/01/13 Amherst County: A 16-year-old student who grabbed a bat in a hallway of Amherst County High School  in the city of Amherst on Thursday and threw it from the building was bitten and is now be treated for potential exposure to rabies. – See http://www.newsadvance.com/new_era_progress/news/article_591864d8-6bc0-11e2-b3c1-0019bb30f31a.html

Bat%20SketchWisconsin 02/04/13 dhs.wisconsin.gov: News Release – A Marquette University vs Providence College basketball game played on Jan. 26th in Milwaukee was interrupted because a bat was flying around the court at the Bradley Center. Anyone who thinks they might have been touched by the bat is urged to seek immediate medical advice. Last year, 29 bats in Wisconsin tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/News/PressReleases/2013/020413.htm


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